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Published March 18, 2011, 05:15 PM

Proposal to Revamp UND Med School Board Dumped by Senate

When the bill was introduced it asked for much more than changes to the advisory board. It included a proposal to spend almost $35 million to expand the medical school and increase the number of students it could take.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A planned overhaul of the advisory board for the University of North Dakota's medical school has been discarded.

The North Dakota Senate voted unanimously on Friday to defeat the idea.

When the bill was introduced it asked for much more than changes to the advisory board.

It included a proposal to spend almost $35 million to expand the medical school and increase the number of students it could take.

The project was contentious because it used money from a tobacco lawsuit settlement to finance it. The tobacco money is now being spent on programs to discourage tobacco use.

Fargo Sen. Tim Mathern and Lehr Sen. Robert Erbele (UR'-buh-lee) said the existing advisory board has been revitalized and is doing good work. They say its structure doesn't need changing.

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